Khajuraho : The Monuments - Part III

Exact Match
  The Temples
  Chausath-yogini   temple

  Lalguan-   Mahadeva

  Matangeshvara   Temple

  Varaha temple

  Parvati Temple

  Lakshamana   Temple

  Vishvanath   Temple

  Nandi Shrine

  Chitragupta   Temple

  Jagadambi   Temple

  Kandariya   Mahadeva

  Brahma Temple

  Vamana Temple

  Ghantai Temple

  Duladeo Temple

  Chaturbhuja   Temple
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Matangesvara temple
The Matangesvara temple is active worship and is the holiest of the Khajuraho temples, besides being the plainest among the local sandstone temples. On plan and in design, it is a grand elaboration of the Brahma temple, which this notable difference that the central projections on the three sides are morked by balconied windows , canopied by projecting caves, which are so characteristic of the the developed Khajuraho temples.

Each such projection also shows a prominent niche, which is another distinguished feature of the local Brahma temple, this temple anticipates the compositional arrangement of the Mandapa-roofs of the developed Khajuraho temples. Its pillars , however are plain and the ceiling, formed of overlapping concentric courses, shows elementary ornaments of cusps (Kola course) and floral cusps (gajatalu courses) without any attempt at elegance or elaboration.

Since both its exterior and interior are almost plain and devoid of the exuberant sculptured and carved ornamentation, which came to be a hallmark of the developed Khajuraho style, there is no doubt that this is one of the developed Khajuraho style, there is no doubt that this is one of the earliest temples of Khajuraho , assignable to circa.900-925.
The sanctum-floor is almost completely occupied by a large Gauri-patta , supporting a stupendous polished linga and written in indelible ink later Persian and Nagari inscriptions which are not of much significance.

Parvati temple
This temple, situated immediately to the south-west of the Visvanatha, is a heavily-restored small shrine, originally comprising a sanctum and porch. The porch is completely lost and of the sanctum, only the plinth has survived.
The doorway belongs to a Vaishnava shrine as is indicated by a Vishnu figure on the middle of the lintel, while the image in the sanctum represents Gauri with the godha (iguana) as her vehicle. Near it , facing the main road , is a hundred-year old temple built by a Maharaja of Chhatarpur.


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